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Indeterminism in Neurobiology

Weber, Marcel (2005) Indeterminism in Neurobiology. [Preprint]

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I examine different arguments that could be used to establish indeterminism of neurological processes. Even though scenarios where single events at the molecular level make the difference in the outcome of such processes are realistic, this falls short of establishing indeterminism, because it is not clear that these molecular events are subject to quantum mechanical uncertainty. Furthermore, attempts to argue for indeterminism autonomously (i.e., independently of quantum mechanics) fail, because both deterministic and indeterministic models can account for the empirically observed behavior of ion channels.

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Item Type: Preprint
Weber, Marcel
Additional Information: This is the final version as it will appear in the PSA 2004 proceedings volume.
Keywords: Philosophy of biology, neurobiology, indeterminism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Depositing User: Marcel Weber
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2153

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